School of Health and Life Sciences

Medical Radiologic Technology

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Medical Radiologic Technology is the art and science of correctly positioning the patient and X-ray equipment to produce and record images for the purpose of visualizing the extent of disease or injury to a patient. The majority of X-ray examinations are performed in the Diagnostic Imaging Department; however, they are also carried out in the operating room, in the emergency department, on wards and in specialized intensive care units.

The Medical Radiologic Technology program teaches students how to perform X-rays, including evaluating the diagnostic quality of images, patient care and quality control. Students also gain expert knowledge in radiation safety and protection practices. Many of the radiographic examinations and procedures involve working alongside physicians, other technologists, nurses and non-medical personnel.

Quick Facts

Credential: Diploma

Diplomas are credit programs that take 2 to 3 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

Length: 2 Years

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 2 Years to complete.

Open Studies: Available

This program has courses that are available for Open Studies. Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program. It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in. View courses

International Students: Not Accepted

This program is not accepting international students for this intake.

Grad Employment Rate

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Median Starting Salary

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Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

Students attend classes on a full-time basis at NAIT. Upon completion of Level 1, the student progresses to an affiliated clinical site to complete the clinical training. Shift rotation including evenings, nights and weekend days, during the clinical phase will be scheduled.

MRT student

Many of the radiographic examinations and procedures involve working alongside physicians, other technologists, nurses and non-medical personnel. The ability to work independently and/or closely with others are important requirements for an effective medical radiologic technologist.

Please refer to the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists (ACMDTT) website to learn more about their requirements for licensing/mandatory registration and declaration of conduct, which may include disclosure of information related to criminal convictions and professional misconduct or incompetence as well as any personal factors that could impact the ability to practice safely.

Program goals

  • Foster an environment of clinical and academic excellence that prepares students to function as competent, active members and leaders in the healthcare community.
  • Graduate students who possess competencies and behaviours required for entry-level radiological technologists in accordance with the prevailing competency profiles of the ACMDTT and CAMRT.
  • Provide an educational experience that instills in the graduate a commitment for continued learning and an inquiring attitude.
  • Develop the students' communication, critical thinking, problem solving and leadership skills.
  • Graduate students who demonstrate compassionate, safe and quality health care to a diverse population.
  • Provide a learning experience with which graduates will be highly satisfied.
  • Graduate students with whom employers will be highly satisfied. 

Classroom and study hours

Students can expect to spend, on average:

  • 25 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester.
  • 10 to 20 hours per week studying and completing class assignments.
  • 40 hours per week during clinical (hours may include early or late shifts and some weekends).
  • As part of the NAIT MRT Program, all students are required to complete clinical rotations at x-ray facilities in Alberta, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. The MRT program will do its best to place the students at their first choice; however, this may not be feasible. Clinical sites are offered in Edmonton and area, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Hinton, Wetaskiwin, Camrose, Cold Lake, Lloydminster, Bonnyville, Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Red Deer and Peace River.

Open Studies Pathway

You now have an additional pathway to the School of Health and Life Sciences at NAIT. Complete one or more select Open Studies courses to be guaranteed a program entrance interview.

Keeping it Real

From practicing on high-fidelity manikins to learning on the latest software, watch how NAIT students practice the best patient care.

A new frontier in hands-on health-care training

CAE Healthcare and NAIT have entered a simulation research partnership to improve health-care education and patient safety, including support for the polytechnic's simulation research initiatives.

Enter the workforce with confidence

The Medical Radiologic Technology field continues to experience tremendous technological changes in diagnostic methods due to the incorporation of computers and advancements in digital imaging technology. Therefore, the medical radiologic technologist is responsible for the safe and competent operation of a wide range of X-ray generating machines, image processing units and accessory equipment.

Working in hospitals

Most technologists work in hospitals in a variety of areas, including:

  • emergency
  • operating rooms
  • mobile radiography
  • fluoroscopy
  • general radiography

The majority work shifts and sometimes are on call.

Working in clinics

Other radiological technologists work in community clinics; although they enjoy regular office hours, they may be required to work some evenings and weekends.

Possible areas of specialization

Technologists who demonstrate interest in their work and through experience and further education gain a high level of technical excellence may advance to areas of specialization such as:

  • computerized tomography
  • angiography
  • mammography
  • software applications
  • management and instructing

Canadian Forces

This program has been recognized by Canadian Forces, therefore opportunities for students and graduates may be available. For more information visit www.forces.ca/

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Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section, your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 5 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C- in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.

Courses

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Tuition & Fees

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

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